This thoroughly revised and expanded new edition of Taylor Streit's classic Instinctive Fly Fishing addresses the "real reasons people catch trout," and offers suggestions and tips to help the aspiring angler take advantage of his or her own fly-fishing instincts. Since Instinctive was first published in 2003, the author has kept track of certain essential elements that were missing from the first edition. Even as he's been out on a guide trip with a client, he's kept notes about what "should have been in Instinctive." This thorough revision benefits from more than seven years of his instinctive rumination. Rewritten with an eye toward a new audience, Instinctive aims for those who fish in competitive situations and overfished waters, which appeals especially to those in the eastern half of the United States. Additional content includes fishing tailwaters with tiny flies, practical information on insect hatches (tricos, blue winged olives, and green drakes) and illustrations of knots and rigs. Also included are additional chapters on the environment, stream manners, and safety.
Taylor Streit was wading the fabled waters of the Catskills before he was 10; then tying flies commercially and guiding in his teens. He moved to northern New Mexico in the late 1960s where he opened a fly shop. He's guided fly fishermen for 25 years--primarily in New Mexico but in the Bahamas and Argentina as well. In 2001 he was unanimously inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a legendary guide. He authored a popular book on fly fishing New Mexico and writes for various magazines and newspapers. His photos have appeared in Fly Rod and Reel and Gray's Sporting Journal. He lives in Taos, New Mexico near his favorite river-- the wild Rio Grande.
"Instinctive Fly Fishing is packed with friendly, practical advice for improving all aspects of your fishing game-including your attitude." -Paul Guernsey, former Editor-in-Chief, Fly Rod and Reel"Move over Ray Bergman, Charley Brooks, John Gierach, here comes Taylor Streit upriver waggling his literary fly rod with the best of them in a wonderful, easy-going, and easy-reading book that is sure to find an honored place among the classics . . . Anybody who reads this book can't fail to discover joy on any river . . . and catch plenty of fish to boot." -John Nichols"Shrewd and wise perceptions on how all fly fishers can achieve a state of skill we all seek." -Nick Lyons "Move[s] anglers beyond the wives' tales and popular presumptions of modern fly fishing to a more intuitive and natural approach. . . . It does what it does extremely well: making most readers want to throw off the hair suit of science and bad advice and go catch fish." -Marshall Cutchin, publisher of Midcurrent "Every fly fisherman should read this book more than once!" -A. K. Best "This is a catalog of useful information for fly fishers." -John Gierach "Taylor Streit is a natural born fly fisherman, guide, and teacher. Instinctive Fly Fishing is all about how less clutter in your fly fishing game means more productive fishing. It's a book every serious fly fisher should read." -Ed Engle